The Arsonist (Kaki Bakar)



A powerful tragic drama of generational, class and cultural conflict in rural Malaysia. The Arsonist depicts the struggles of an immigrant family and the son’s coming-of-age. The son, Kesuma, must forge his own identity against the intimidating presence of his father Kakang, an itinerant labourer proud of his Javanese heritage. Kakang fights social inequality by torching the property of those who slight him, leaving Kesuma simultaneously proud, fearful and ashamed, and leading to a clash of wills between father and son.

Director: U-Wei Bin Haji Saari
Release Year: 2001
Subtitles: -
Genre: Drama
Language: Malay
Producer: U-Wei Bin Haji Saari, Tini Arshad
Rating: PG
Production Country: Malaysia
Accession No: 2006-D-0165
Availability: library@esplanade

Cast List:

  • Khalid Salleh, Ngasrizal Ngasri, Anwar Idris, Jamaluddin Kadir, Azizah Mahzan


  • Writers - William Faulkner, U-Wei Haji Saari
  • Original Music - Embie C. Noer
  • Cinematography - Ali Kong Hussein
  • Editing - Roslan Ramli
  • Special Effects - Ramli Bin Md. Derus
  • Art Director - Johari Hamid
  • Cameraman - Naja Mulhak


  • Places: Malaysia, Village
  • Themes: Revenge, Rural, Prejudice, Malay Culture, Religious